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    Angel Flores
”That life is the only reason I’m still here.”

A Hispanic member of the Latin Kings gang, moonlighting as a transit tunnel maintenance worker. When the outbreak hit, he chose fight over flight unlike the rest of his gang, and it's kept him alive ever since.

  • Acrofatic: Despite his girth, he has no issues keeping up with his fitter squad mates.
  • Dark and Troubled Past
  • Just a Gangster: In Angel’s backstory, he reveals that he never wished to leave his gang or reform.
  • Satisfied Street Rat Angel was born into the Latin Kings and lost his father to gang violence but is grateful for these experiences because it gave him the strength and skills necessary to survive the zeke apocalypse.
  • Tattooed Crook


    Tashaun Burnell
”So you want to save someone? Save yourself.”

A NYC firefighter, surviving the 9/11 attacks left him with guilt over it and PTSD. The outbreak's more of a change of scenery to him than anything else.

  • An Axe to Grind: He's the only survivor not to have a machete as a melee weapon, opting to use a fireman's axe instead.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Averted; Tashaun is the only black person in his engine company and the is the last man alive.
  • The Cynic: Due to his experience in 9/11 and with the pandemic, Tashaun has a very cynical worldview. He believes good deeds are punished and that every man is for himself.
  • Knight in Sour Armor Tashaun is cynical but still a cooperative and helpful team member to his fellow survivors. Though he does threaten to leave Bunko behind for not wanting to go to the subway.
  • Post-Historical Trauma: 9/11 survivor and firefighter.

    Bunko Tatsumi
”Thank you. Without you I would never have made it this far.”
A skilled hacker, ostracized in her youth. Weeks before the outbreak hit, she managed to breach the Department of Defense's firewalls, giving her time to prepare for the upcoming pandemic.

    Arnetta Larkin
”Because the only thing stronger than regret is hope.”
A power distribution engineer, Arnetta was among the first to know when the outbreak hit in earnest. The resulting chaos separated her from her husband and baby, but she still holds out hope for them.

  • Action Mom
  • Missing Child
  • The Idealist: Arnetta still believes that her child and husband are alive despite the number of people turned zekes in NYC.
  • It Never Gets Any Easier: The agony Arnetta feels over the day she was separated from her husband and baby never goes away.
  • Team Mom: When Tashaun threatens to leave Bunko behind, Arnetta demands that no one is left behind.



    Judd Whittaker
”There were moments when men’s cruelty could not be explained, it had to be seen.”

As the New York Times' top photojournalist, Judd was tasked with covering the refuge movement in the city. When the city was breached, he escaped by the skin of his teeth, and has now traded cameras for rifles.

  • Abusive Parents: Judd’s father would beat his mother in front of him. Judd gets his father arrested by taking pictures of the abuse.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Judd was sent to Jerusalem to cover the refuge movement in the city. As it usually happens in scenarios such as these, that didn't turn out well for him. He is no longer a reporter, though he still wears a "Press" snapback and kevlar vest.

    Dina Mizrahi
”My earliest memory is war.”
Dina had intended to become a architect, like her father, and was serving time with the IDF when the outbreak hit, forcing her to abandon those dreams.
  • Drives Like Crazy: There is a section in the Jerusalem episode where Dina has to drive the squad to safety and she has trouble controlling the car.
  • Expy: Looks more-or-less like Lara Croft. Handles weapons in the same fashion too.
  • Miss Swears-a-Lot: Arguably the most foul-mouthed playable character in the game.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Forced to do this, as her father had been infected and turned into a Zeke.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Often berates her teammates when they get her up.
    Dina: What took you so long?
    Dina: About damn time.

    Ethan Wolfe
”We can suppress the animal instincts all we want, bury ‘em under layers of polish, but they exist for a reason.
With 16 years in the SAS, a Gallantry and Military Cross, Ethan had been hired by Mossad to advise on special ops, and was away in a training facility in the Negev when the outbreak hit Jerusalem.
  • Animal Motif: Wolves, as shown by his surname and outlook on life.
  • Bond One-Liner: Often, when taking down Bulls:
    Ethan: The bull never wins, mate!
  • The Mean Brit: A hardened soldier who will do what it takes to survive and complete the mission.
  • Shoot the Dog: In his backstory, when one of his team members is bitten by a recently reanimated zombie after it claws itself out of its body bag, Ethan takes things into his own hands and throws the man out of the helicopter to his death.

    Daniel Alahey
”Where there is life, there is light.”
A product of the 1977 Beta Israel movement, Daniel, after his service in the IDF, started up a family. The virus took it, and now he focuses his life towards fighting for humanity.



     Oksana Orlovskaya
”Science cannot explain what I’ve seen.”
As a child, she always laughed at the fairy tales of the undead. Science had deemed them impossible, and she wanted to use it to heal the diseased. That was shattered the moment the outbreak hit. Now, following Sergei Popov, she only seeks to release.

    Ivan Dovchenko
”But nature is indifferent to the hierarchy of man.”
A well-respected defense minster in Kiev, nicknamed the Tiger, Ivan had everything torn from him when the Soviet Union collapsed, and vowed never to pay the price again. And yet, he did, as the outbreak left him bitter and vengeful; two of the things he needed to survive.

  • Foreign Cuss Word: The only member of the russian group who swears in his mother language.
    Ivan: Watch where you're shooting, мудак ("fuckface")!

    Timur Yushkevich
”People don’t believe something can happen until it does.”
A political agitator and anarchist, Timur had seen signs of the outbreak coming, and tried to warn the public about it. He was arrested, but was released from his cell by Sergei by the time it hit.
  • Bomb-Throwing Anarchists: What he was painted as.
  • Cassandra Truth: He knew about the outbreak and tried to warn people but no one listened. By the time it came, Timur felt relieved and satisfied that he was right.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: Cynic of the group, being the most pessimistic member. Timur is always the first to assume that someone they're meaning to rescue is not worth risking their lives for. During their journey through the bunker under Moscow, Timur openly suggests that Svetlana and the rest had abandoned them.
  • Expy: Arguably of Jurgen Warmbrunn from the book. Both characters are aware of the coming apocalypse and try to warn other people to no avail. The difference is Warmbrunn wrote a report whereas Timur protested in the streets.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Calls out Father Popov for the idea of attempting to rescue people from Red Square, which is already dubbed to be a suicide mission:
    Timur: Father, you are a good man, but you're an idiot.
    Sergei: And you are a smart man, but you are lost.
  • Shout-Out: The first line in his backstory (see caption) is also the first line character Jurgen Warmbrunn says in the book.
    • A small one is the quote provided at his entry, which is used in his character bio. "People don't believe something can happen until it does" is a rephrasal of a russian saying "Пока молния не ударит, мужик не перекрестится" (Until a lightning strikes, a man won't pray for it to never happen).

    Sergei Popov
”I will not be welcome in the Kingdom of Heaven.”
A ruthless enforcer in Russia's criminal underworld, a deal gone wrong led to him having a sudden epiphany. Now, he serves the Lord, and seeks to release the dead from their pain.

  • Badass Preacher: Even though he’s traded his life as a criminal for that of a holy man, he’s not afraid to take up arms against the infected after they start crashing through the windows and trying to attack his congregation.
  • Expy: Of Father Sergei Ryzhkov from the book.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: The optimist of the group and its' leader, Father Popov attempts to save as many people as he possibly can.
  • The Leader: Is this for a russian group.


    Sho Sugiyama
“This wasn’t another disaster—this was war.”
At 11, Sho felt the ground shake for the first time. He wanted to leave, but his grandparents wouldn't hear of it. The philosophy followed him into adulthood. When the Great East Japan Earthquake hit, he joined the Disaster Rescue Team to save any survivors. When the outbreak hit, however, Sho realized that the only survivors wouldn't be the ones who stayed; it would be the ones who left.

     Kimiko Nomura
”But life is all about the unforeseen.”
Ever since Kimiko held her first starter pistol, she'd been hooked. Dropping out of university in her senior years, she went on to win Olympic gold. When the outbreak turned the country into a panicked evacuation zone, those talents became essential for her survival.

    Tatsuo Matsumoto
”I always wanted to be a cop.”
Tatsuo's intensity as a officer reflected in his career; by 34, he'd been through the Riot Unit, then Special Assault, and finally Special Investigations. It came at a cost; by 43, he had left his wife, and took to the bottle. When the outbreak hit, he volunteered; anything to distract him from his demons.

    Hiroji Okada
”So when everyone else was leaving, I went home.”
At 20, Hiroji was the youngest yakuza in Tokyo. When he was sent to Los Angeles to avoid shaming his family, he became the youngest yakuza there, at age 25. The outbreak sparked a sense of loyalty to Japan in him, and thus, as everyone was leaving, he came back home to assist.

  • Friendly Neighborhood Gangsters: Despite his attitude, his desire to stay in Tokyo is out of a sense of duty.
  • No Empathy: He's the quickest to suggest looking out for his team members rather than helping others, despite the above.
  • Yakuza

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